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Grateful Dead Live at Veterans Memorial Auditorium on 1978-04-19

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Grateful Dead Live at Veterans Memorial Auditorium on 1978-04-19

Set 1

Bertha ->
Good Lovin'
Friend Of The Devil
Me And My Uncle ->
Big River

Set 2

Samson And Delilah
It Must Have Been The Roses
Estimated Prophet ->
He's Gone ->
Drums ->
Space ->
The Other One ->
Wharf Rat ->
Around And Around

Werewolves Of London

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Location Columbus, OH

Source SBD>Rm>CD>David Gans Sonic Solutions>CD


from the tree run by Brooke Hessel
seed discs provided by Charlie Miller


Reviewer: c-freedom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2015
Subject: BERTHA don't you come around here anymore...
Set One
Wow, the BERTHA>GOOD LOVIN' is like a second set closer to open the show.
(The Bertha in particular is very wild)
FRIEND- perfect contrast for the blazing opener.
And I do agree Donna is in tune with the band.
(These laid back versions of F.O.T.D. take some getting use to but if you notice they increase the tempo the deeper they get into the tune)
The sound is very thick and even fat almost like a 'ska' vibe to this show.
I really have not listened to very much from 78 so I don't have a lot to compare this too but I very much like what I hear.
PASSENGER-Always liked this tune, very unique
"What is a man, deep down inside
What a raging beast
with nothing to hide"
If you can't give Donna some love on this tune you probably never will.
Everyone getting busy...
The Grateful Dead in motion!!!
"The only game in town"
CANDYMAN-Jerry switches gears,,, Always thought this was a great Ladies choice song.
"Pretty lady ain't got no friend
til the Candyman comes round again"
Such the mellow tune.
Cassidy-How in the world could this tune clock in at 5:10 ? Oh I see they don't pursue the internal open ended jams within the song rather they rock hard and make quick transitions instead of fleshing them out. Hard to say which I prefer this way I get more urgency to the song.
PEGGY-O ---Jerry just throwing down the ballads. Not a gallop or marching step here.(just that thick full sound)
Me and My Uncle> Big River-Many people think of these as 'cowboy tunes' but really I find 'Crazy Fingers' and 'Half Step' to be every bit as much cowboy tunes. So perhaps it is more they are Weir's cowboy tunes. But these tunes are not done acapella the whole band except Donna are along for the ride. And really anything that Jerry can noodle his way thru is worth hearing!
This has been a very good 1st set not way over the top so they are spent but not so mellow that they have no mojo going for set two.
End of Big River is fired up. That jam just before the final lyric. That is what I want to hear, the band grooving everyone raring to go.
DEAL- Can you ever go wrong with this as a set closer, I think not. As long as you can dance, even if it is the privacy of your own mind, You are good to go. Donna back in the mix. I like the way Jerry is singing backing vocals on a tune in which he is already singing lead vocals on. Some great ensemble singing Bob and Donna want to scream, Heck Jerry is screaming too. WOW!!!
Set Two
SAMSON- I am just a fool for this tune,
Drummers give this song such the heavy dance step.
This is perhaps one of my favorite Weir tunes. Not sure why it got relegated to Sunday's only?
Love Jerry's riff in this song. If you know the biblical story behind this tune to me Jerry's riff tells the rest of the story you don't get from the lyrics.
Also so much history here. this all takes place in GAZA the same sliver of land still in the news to this day.
But mostly was this not the best dance tune!
Jerry back with another ballad. So we peak and then we come down. makes for a wonderful show.
THE ROSES- another very special tune that got pretty rare in the later years.
"One pane of glass in the window" Oh YEAH!
Making love together in a land time forgot...
ESTIMATED- This is the tune that best fits the sound of this show.
"And I will call down thunder and speak the same
and might and glory , gonna be my name"
JAM INTO HE'S GONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
hot as a pistol
COOL inside.
18 minutes of Drumz
Great SPACE with OTHER ONE deeply interwoven
Note: Werewolves encore- At some point in this tune I think I hear Donna Jean go YIKES!
This is such a funky version of this song.
JERRY sounds as if he is just gonna float away
with the final lyrics...
PHIL-"Thank You and good night"
What a show!
Reviewer: skwimite - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 25, 2014
Subject: Don't wait
I finally got around to listening to this show, as 1978 is not my favorite vintage, and what amazing performances I had been missing. The first set exemplifies why I love this stuff, and I'm a second set kind of guy. The subtlety of a lullaby mixed with a runaway train. I can only imagine what this must have sounded like in the flesh. Stop what you're doing and get this one now.
Reviewer: inFminor81 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 18, 2014
Subject: Definitive - Keeper Show
The second set is as good as it gets, Samson is red hot, and IMHBTR left me teary eyed. Warf Rat is A+ to all other versions I've heard. For sound and playing this is up there w/ June 9 '77 Winterland, Sunshine Daydream, Fox Theatre-Dave's Picks. Wouldn't be surprised if this one got an official cd w/ time base correction. It deserves official release. I love this show #2 set so much I compare all other versions of songs herein; for energy and feeling this one is played the very best. Thank you so much DG and CM for sharing and the hard work.
Reviewer: GermanShepherd - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 24, 2013
Subject: Slow down the beats!
Damn, what a rockin' show. Wharf Rat is like drawing an Ace when you need it most - it calms and collects - this version in particular. Slow, subtle, just a great tune all the way around.
Reviewer: OM ManiPadmeHum - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 19, 2013
Subject: seems like
Werewolves of London had just been released
Reviewer: HalfStep>N>H - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 15, 2013
Subject: Werewolves of LONDON
This version probably my favorite that they did. It's a little lax but i like the way its put together aside from the others as they started to play it a little bit more. Jerry def. feeling mellow....This version and the Horton Field House are the two best. according to me ATM
Reviewer: P.M. Kramer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 12, 2012
Subject: at this show
this was at a nice small place if memory serves...
not the best show but good to hear it again after many yrs. good recording... i think bob marley played here around the same time
Reviewer: sugareesalibi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 19, 2010
Subject: Deal with it
Ok, wasn't going to write a review (i've begun to develop this sneaking suspicion that the shows with too many good reviews go on to become an official Grateful Dead release. and for a broke boho like me, this site is the only way i can afford to listen to the Dead) but then i heard the Deal and just couldn't help myself.

By far the highest energy Deal i've ever heard these folks shred on.

Also, this has got to be one of the finest "Donna" shows i've chanced to stumble upon. For the most part, she sounds great in the mix and keeps the wailing to a minimum. 4 stars just for Donna on this one.
Reviewer: Jeff Knorek from Nova Scotia - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 1, 2010
Subject: I was not
This is an excellent sounding recording of a very good show. The cymbals are very crisp in the mix, and everybody is as where they should be, right to left...Donna's voice actually hits the mark...***If you are a fan of good sounding recordings or of the Spring '78 shows, this is a must have***...I have become quite a fan of the Spring '78 run and I am collecting them...and even within that great wealth of selections this one stands out...I am not going to bore you with the "and I was there" stories because I wasn't there...and I am glad that I wasn't there because I was just about to finish high school up in Michigan (within reach of many of those shows), and it's darn good thing that I wasn't a Deadhead yet because I managed to graduate with just ½ of a credit to spare...Spring tour would not have been conducive to a timely graduation :-) Thank goodness that we have this archive.
Reviewer: SensiSounds - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 12, 2008
Subject: He's Gone
No complaints about the sound quality. I love hearing the keys twinkle in my left ear while Jerry noodles away in the right.

Highlight for me is He's Gone. One of my favorite versions that I've heard. It's very relaxed, but with great vocal performances from both Jerry and Donna. The ooh ooh oohs at the end are very soulful, almost ghostly. Some versions it sounds to me as if they're trying their best to bring him back, as it were. This time it sounds like a sort of mournful acceptance. Beautiful vocal interaction between Jerry, Bob and Donna.

Drums are out of control. I usually only like the drums if I can dance to them; this one's interesting enough just to listen to.

Not my favorite set list, but it has some of my favorites. Can't mark it down for that.

Five for sound and style.
Reviewer: 66 Bonneville - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 22, 2008
Subject: Only ones that do what they do
For any of you who have not discovered Grado headphones - it is shows like this that make them a must. I can not imagine that any other musician & technician combo can come close to the sound detail you will find on the drums>space>other one.
Reviewer: pnc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2008
Subject: great...
great sound...not sure what is different (other than the corrected file order) from the other source. anyway, cool show--very chill for the most part. i like the bertha>good lovin' opener, nice fod to follow. first werewolves and jerry sounds very high. did i say good sound...
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